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London Gatwick Airport Forum | runways
That's why the one closest to the terminal is generally used as a taxiway or as a backup.
The landing aircraft can execute a turn away from the centreline before coming into conflict with the departing aircraft. Gatwick's layout precludes that, even if the two runways were developed to be physically identical. It would require a greater separation, like that at LHR with the terminals between the runways or in the US with a greater distance between active runways.
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